Today I was in the storage department of a little museum here in Alexandra, Central Otago, called ‘Central Stories’. The director is an entomologist
so the butterfly collection is strong.

Here are some Red Admirals, in Maori, Kahu Kura meaning red cloak.

The butterflies in the top photo are White Butterlies, commonly called Cabbage Whites because of their predilection for eating cabbages. They were acccidentally introduced into New Zealand about 1930.

Most moving of all were these specimens collected by a soldier fighting in the Solomon Islands in World War Two, still, through careful storage, in remarkably good condition.